Thursday, March 12, 2015

Set the Green kite

You might think all sails should be green when you see the amount of greenbacks they cost! Tuesday night @ 6pm sharp just out in the bay near the ferry dock we will work up an appetite for the St. Paddys Day potluck at the club by having the first buoy race of the year. Of course wind has been reserved, in fact maybe we can have the wind that we saved by not having much for the Hein Bank race. For those new to the racing scene keep an eye on anchored ships and tugs in the bay, they make fine current indicators. As was proven at the start of the Hein Bank race the current can really move out Guemes Channel. (or in) Ebb tides carry more water in these parts due to the rivers. The wind near the massive rock, Cap Sante can be land effected. It is not uncommon for a reach to turn to a run as you sail NE across the bay. Listen to the instruction on the VHF and review what those flags represent. There are still some crab pots scattered across the bay and again there is no finer current indicator, there are many old timers that the current nearly always runs East-West along in front of the tanker docks. Stay clear of stbd tack boats, they'll be seeing your green running light and you'll be seeing their red, that's where the stoplight colors originated. After the fun on the water come join the fun at the club and bring your favorite snack!